With a career spanning over 55 years, Washington State artist Patti Warashina has established herself as an artistic icon, especially in the media of ceramics. She uses the human figure as a vehicle to portray what she draws from her own daily life experiences, as well as the absurdities and foibles from the civilization in which we live. Her characters become the actors in her introspective narratives and the viewer becomes the voyeur. In most of her current work, the abstract quality of the surfaces erases and denies the identification of time and place, speaking to the universal quirks of all human nature. However, recently the absurdity of the current world has been a fascinating source of ideas for her to explore.



Artist Lecture with Patti Warashina
Saturday, May 12 (6:30-7:30pm)

Mesa Arts Center, Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum (Dobson Lecture Hall)

FREE and open to the public

Approaching a Clay Narrative
Workshop with Patti Warashina
Sunday, May 12 and 13 (10am-5pm)
Mesa Arts Center, Ceramics Studio
Cost:  $220
Register (CAW18CERPW001-01W): MesaArtsCenter.com

Opening Reception: Friday, May 11, 2018 (7-10pm)

  • Featuring Fantastic Planet, a large-scale illuminated humanoid installation by Australian artist Amanda Parer
  • Musical Entertainment by Jaime Cortez Band
  • Artists in Attendance
  • Light Refreshments and Cash Bar